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Toms River, Music Icon Paul Anka, Novelist Meg Wolitzer, Conflict in Syria

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Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Syria (Courtesy of FRONTLINE)

Dan Fagin talks about how Toms River, New Jersey, was a dumping ground for cancer-causing industrial pollution for decades. Paul Anka looks back at his life and his career in music, working with everyone from Frank Sinatra to Barnum & Bailey Circus acrobats. Meg Wolitzer talks about her latest novel, called The Interestings. And Olly Lambert discusses his new Frontline documentary about Syria’s civil war—he spent time living on both sides of the conflict.

Pollution and Cancer in Toms River, NJ

Dan Fagin tells the true story of a small New Jersey town ravaged by industrial pollution. When a cluster of childhood cancers was scientifically linked to air and water pollution in Toms River, it spurred a decades-long struggle that culminated in 2001 with one of the largest legal settlements on toxic dumping. Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation is about the fight for justice and about the pioneering scientists and physicians who first identified pollutants as a cause of cancer.

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Paul Anka

Former teen idol Paul Anka tells Leonard Lopate about his life and his career in music—and his new CD. His autobiography My Way recounts how he rocketed to fame with a slew of hits, including “Diana” and “Put Your Head on my Shoulder,” and his time touring with Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Buddy Holly.

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Meg Wolitzer's Novel The Interestings

Meg Wolitzer discusses her new novel, The Interestings, a panoramic story about what becomes of early talent, and the roles that art, money, and even envy can play in close friendships. It follows a group of teenagers who met at summer camp in the 1970s into adulthood.

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Frontline's “Syria Behind the Lines”

Olly Lambert, writer/director/producer, discusses his Frontline documentary “Syria Behind the Lines.” Lambert is the first Western filmmaker to spend an extended period living on both sides of Syria's war—and to document, on camera, the realities of everyday life for rebels, government soldiers and the civilians who support them. “Syria Behind the Lines” airs Tuesday, April 9, at 10 p.m. on PBS.

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